|Clark Coolidge lecture, July, 1989. - Coolidge, Clark|
A Clark Coolidge lecture on Samuel Beckett, with particular focus on Beckett's prose. Much of the lecture is Coolidge performing a cut-up reading of Beckett's lesser-known, many unpublished, prose works.
Downloads: 748 (1 review)
|On the road: The Jack Kerouac conference, Ann Charters workshop, July, 1982. - Charters, Ann|
First workshop of the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Anne Charters (biographer and Kerouac Scholar) tells how Kerouac's books have influenced her and a generation. She goes into detail about his style and the influence he had on her as well as her works. Her main focus is on Kerouac's book On The Road and how the book should be seen as one of the most important American novels.
Downloads: 2,786 (3 reviews)
|Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture, Plowing the clouds, July, 1994. - Wilson, Peter Lamborn|
A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on the role of the poet in interpreting archaeology, anthropology, and human pre-history. He encourages poets to get involved in learning about these fields and taking on the task of interpreting the evidence, since scientists are reluctant to draw conclusions about the past. Wilson believes that we should move beyond interdisciplinary studies to what he calls "anti-categorization." During the course of the lecture he outlines some of his own ideas about the origin...
Downloads: 2,683 (3 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Steven Taylor and Bobbi Louise Hawkins performance, July, 1989. - Ginsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne|
Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anne Waldman, and Steven Taylor. This portion of the reading features Waldman and Ginsberg. (Continued from 89P045)
Downloads: 1,930 (2 reviews)
|Gary Snyder Class poetry August 1983 - Snyder, Gary|
Gary Snyder class. Snyder discusses tips for writing poetry, several editing processes, and some Japanese Zen literary advice. He also reads several translations of Chinese poems, talks about Gregory Bateson and Wendell Barry, and reads Kenneth Roxroth's translation of a poem called "Full Moon."
Downloads: 1,103 (1 review)
|William Burroughs Loka interview. - Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne|
An interview with William S. Burroughs for Loka magazine with additional commentary by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The interview covers topics such as government, the New Age movement, identity, biology, cloning, war, escapism, and gurus. Keywords: beat generation, political poetry, activist poetry
Downloads: 8,248 (4 reviews)
|William Burroughs reading, Art now: A day of contemporary art, July, 1989. - Burroughs, William S.|
A William S. Burroughs reading compiled from a number of works. Burroughs covers topics from miracles and magic to the Titanic, narcotics, the supernatural and hospitals.
Downloads: 3,939 (1 review)
|Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg reading, including Howl - Brownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne|
An Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. Waldman reads "Fast Speaking Woman" and other poems. Ginsberg reads "Howl" in its entirety, and other poems.
Keywords: New American Poetry; New York School; feminist poetry; beat movement; political poetry
Downloads: 41,624 (13 reviews)
|William S. Burroughs workshop, Jack Kerouac Conference - Part 1 - Burroughs, William S.|
First half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences...
Downloads: 10,682 (4 reviews)
|William S. Burroughs class on the technology and ethic of wishing - Part 1 - Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne|
First half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. The discussion includes rules for wishing, the dogma of science, L. Ron Hubbard, The Big Lie, and sympathetic magic. The class also includes a question and answer session covering subjects such as memory, Henry Miller, dreams in writing, and defining the soul. (Continues on 86p002.) Keywords: beat movement, magic and poetry, mysticism and literature, science and literature, consciousness and literature
Downloads: 10,980 (4 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg class, On writing poetry, July, 1984. - Ginsberg, Allen|
Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on writing poetry. He begins by referring to William Carlos Williams's exhortation, "No ideas but in things," comparing it to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's statement that "Things are symbols of themselves." He reads from Shakespeare's poetry to illustrate his point. During the lecture, Ginsberg also touches on Haiku, Kerouac, and other topics. (Continued from 84P022)
Downloads: 1,514 (1 review)
|Zamora Ferlinghetti poetry reading July 1990 - Ferlinghetti, Lawrence; Ginsberg, Allen; Zamora, Daisy|
Daisy Zamora and Lawrence Ferlinghetti read original poetry, Allen Ginsberg reads poems by Nicanor Parra. Zamora's poems also read in English included, "Death's Makeup," and "What Hands in my Hands."
Downloads: 427 (1 review)
|Ginsberg Mexico City Blues July 1988 - Ginsberg, Allen|
Allen Ginsberg discusses the importance of and references in Jack Kerouac's Mexico City Blues. Plays significant portion of a reading Kerouac did, accompanied by a jazz pianist.
Downloads: 2,945 (2 reviews)
|Kerouac Conference holmes workshop part 4 1982 - Cope, David; Micheline, Jack; Orlovsky, Peter|
This is one of the evening readings of the Kerouac Conference. David Cope reads a selection of poems, they are from a recent book that is published as well as old and new work. Then Jack Micheline reads. I very powerful performance that combines sounds of jazz and his unique way of living. The Orlovsky reads one poem as a favor to the audience. The evening ends.[by Ann] An open reading with David Cope, Jack Micheline, and Peter Orlovsky in a mall in Boulder, Colorado...
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|Lecture by James Grauerholz June 2003 - Grauerholz, James|
A lecture, "Naropa: The Good ol' Days," given by James Grauerholz at Naropa University June 17 2003. Grauerholz spends the majority of the lecture giving anecdotes about the early years of Naropa focusing mostly on William Burroughs Sr. and his son Billy Burroughs Jr. After the lecture Grauerholz opens up the floor for questions.
Downloads: 468 (1 review)
|Allen Ginsberg class, Literary history of the Beat generation, the 50's, part 2, March, 1981. - Ginsberg, Allen|
Allen Ginsberg class on Beat literary history of the 1950's, discussing William S. Burroughs's book Junky and his first meeting with Herman Hunke. Ginsbergs discusses passages from the book, including teaheads (page 17), informers (page 47), fags (page 72), the Rio Grande Valley (page 105) and interzone prototypes (page 111). Part 2 of a 20 part series.
Downloads: 1,190 (2 reviews)
|On the road: The Jack Kerouac conference, Sam Charters lecture, Jack and jazz, July, 1982. - Charters, Sam|
Sam Charters lecture on Jack Kerouac and jazz at the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The lecture includes discussions on jazz of the Beat generation, be-bop, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and a recording of Kerouac and Steve Allen reading "Mexico City blues."
Downloads: 8,153 (4 reviews)
|Gary Snyder Class Part 1 1983 - Snyder, Gary|
Gary Snyder gives a class as the first of a four class series during the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. Snyder discusses the origins of literature and its evolution in pre-literate and literate societies. He talks about the differences between poetry and prose, emphasizing the musicality of poetry. He also discusses various forms of literature that exist throughout the world, such as sacred and secular song.
Downloads: 483 (1 review)
|William S. Burroughs lecture on public discourse. - Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen|
A lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discourse, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Topics included are nuclear weapons, disarmament, the Equal Rights Amendment, aliens, dreams, function of the artist, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, space travel, television, and economics. Keywords: beat generation, literature and the state, technology and literature, literature and society, protest literature
Downloads: 11,723 (4 reviews)
|Performance July 1984 - Baraka, Amiri; Ginsberg, Allen; Orlovsky, Peter; Ortiz, Simon|
Simon Ortiz reads from Fight Back and from Sand Creek. Peter Orlifsky plays a song on banjo, then monologues seeming improved. Diane Di Prima is wished a happy 50th birthday. Allen Ginsberg sings a few songs which are sound like earlier versions than found on Holy Soul Jelly Roll box set, and reads White Shroud. Amiri Baraka delivers a good performance with poems centered around African American history (wise) and Jazz.
Downloads: 310 (1 review)
|Allen Ginsberg lecture political poetics part 12July 1989 - Ginsberg, Allen|
The second tape in a two tape series covering political poetics and the Russian poets. Also included are readings of the work of Pablo Neruda and the conept of imagination and emotional breakthrough.
Downloads: 265 (1 review)
|Gary Snyder reading August 1983 - Snyder, Gary|
This August 1983 recording is of Gary Snyder reading in Boulder for the first time since 1972. It is a selection of poetry from his new work "Axe Handles." The commentary between poems reflects his interest im Buddhism and his travelling and anthropological experiences. He comments on the inspirations for some of his written works.
Downloads: 2,084 (1 review)
|Women and the Beats panel, June, 2000. - Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Jones, Hettie; Kyger, Joanne; Vega, Janine Pommy|
A panel of four women writers from the Beat Generation, including Joanne Kyger, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Hettie Jones, and Janine Pommy Vega, discuss their own work and influences as well as the context and history of the Beat Generation, and their role within that context.
Downloads: 448 (1 review)
|Reading by Ginsberg, Rowan, Brownstein, Whalen, Orlovsky, Waldman September 1976 - Brownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Orlovsky, Peter; Rowan, Peter; Waldman, Anne; Whalen, Philip|
A reading and musical performance by Allen Ginsberg, Peter Rowan, Michael Brownstein, Philip Whalen, Peter Orlovsky, and Anne Waldman. The reading serves as a fundraiser for Naropa.
Downloads: 390 (1 review)
|Allen Ginsberg Class 6 Expansive Poetics - Ginsberg, Allen|
Tape 6 of an 11 tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Ginsberg discusses the lives and writing of Anna Akhmatova and Sergey Yesenin.
Downloads: 563 (1 review)
|Harry Smith lecture on Native American cosmos. - Smith, Harry|
Harry Smith describes two Native American ceremonies he witnessed in the early 1940's in the Pacific Northwest. Interspersed with his account of the ceremonies, he discusses tangentially various related topics, including Native American health before the European invasion, Native American sign language, the migration of symbols, misogyny in anthropological accounts of Native American peoples, creation myths, and cosmology.
Keywords: spirituality and literature; mysticism
Downloads: 5,460 (2 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg Class part 1 - Ginsberg, Allen|
The first class in an Allen Ginsberg course on Expansive Poetics. Ginsberg opens the class with a brief history of the topics of courses he has taught in the past. He then explains his expectations for this course and the material he plans to cover in the sourcebook/anthology he is compiling. He then reads Geza Roheim's Children of the desert, Shelley's Hymn to intellectual beauty, Ode to the West Wind and the end of Adonais...
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|Allen Ginsberg Class 4 Expansive Poetics - Ginsberg, Allen|
Tape 4 of an 11 Tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes background on the Futurists, Dadaists, and other literary movents as well as readings of work by such writers as Vladamir Klebnikov and Kurt Schwitters.
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|Allen Ginsberg Class part 3 - Ginsberg, Allen|
The third class in an Allen Ginsberg course on expansive poetics. Ginsberg begins the class with a discussion of Walt Whitman's Song of myself. This is follow-up from the previous class. He reads portions and discusses the evidence of Whitman's ego and then discusses negative capability. The class then turns to Fernando Pessoa, and poems including Salutation to Walt Whitman, Poem in a straight line, and Tobacco shop are read and discussed...
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|Allen Ginsberg Class 8 Expansive Poetics - Ginsberg, Allen|
Tape 8 of an 11 tape series of Allen Ginsbergs class on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes background on Surrealism and concepts of language and the imagination as well as readings of works by such writers as Tristan Tzara, Philip Lamantia, Andre Breton, Robert Desnos, Vitezslav Nezval, Philippe Soupeau, Francis Picabia, and Benjamin Perret.
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|Harry Smith Cajun music. - Smith, Harry|
A compilation of sounds by Harry Smith with chanting, street sounds, singing, poetry, blues, and rock. Includes the Fugs playing, "The Summer of Love," "The Modest Rose," and "Ciao Man." This tape is likely to include sounds made from a microphone hung out of Allen Ginsberg's New York Lower East Side apartment.
Keywords: mysticism; consciousness
Downloads: 8,035 (3 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure reading. - Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael|
Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure, featuring Ginsberg songs "Guru Blues," and "Gospel Noble Truths," a few Ginsberg poems, and two poems by McClure. (Continued from 76p107.) Keywords: New American Poetry, beat movement, West Coast poetry, music and literature
Downloads: 2,014 (2 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg Basic Poetics class 33 - Ginsberg, Allen|
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute May 29, 1980. Ginsberg spends the majority of the class fielding questions from the class and discussing the practice of writing with regards to his own work and the work of his peers. Ginsberg ends the class by singing sections of Blake's "The Songs Of Innocence and of Experience." This is class 33 of 33.
Downloads: 1,208 (1 review)
|Gregory Bateson lecture on consciousness and psychopathology part 1 1971 - Bateson, Gregory|
71U031 is part 1 of Gregory Bateson's 1971 lecture on consciousness and psychopathology.
Downloads: 2,885 (1 review)
|Ginsberg Class Improvised Poetics part 2 July 1988 - Ginsberg, Allen|
This is the second part to a class from 88P045. Tape begins with Allen Ginsberg and his class discussing images to create text and cliche and the faults associated with insecurity of self image related to writing. Discussion evolves to mention Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Kerouac and their candid nature and the consequences or beauties associated with recreating reality. The class then moves on to language poets and what they embody with a student reading Stephen Rodefer's "Words in Works in R...
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|Ginsberg Class Improvised Poetics part 1 July 1988 - Ginsberg, Allen|
This is a class that Allen Ginsberg taught at the Naropa Institute in 1988 on Improvised Poetics. Ginsberg instructs students in several writing and visualization exercises in order for them to engage mind and its structure and form. He also reads Kerouac's essay, "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose," and then discusses Kerouac and Neil Cassidy stories and techniques extensively with the class. The story of how "First thought, best thought" came about as a play between Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and ...
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|Ginsberg and Rothenberg class part 2 Augus 1985 - Ginsberg, Allen; Rothenberg, Jerome|
Second half of an Allen Ginsberg and Jerome Rothenberg class on the voice. They introduce a variety of voice recordings, including poetry in multiple languages, sound poetry, and chanting. They also discuss theories on voice, and the effects of high frequencies as theorized by Antonin Artaud. Ginsberg and Rothenberg comment on the importance of each recording, its place in history, and perform other selected works...
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|Ginsberg reading Sincerity rap July 1985 - Ginsberg, Allen|
Allen Ginsberg concludes his reading at the Naropa Institute, featuring "Sincerity rap" and a notebook entry for the day of the reading, 7/21/1985.
Downloads: 2,360 (1 review)
|Ginsberg and Capitol Record 1981 - Ginsberg, Allen|
This is an odd tape project on one side of a tape that appears to be a private conversation between Ginsberg and other artists that are not names. The conversation is interupted by Phone Calls and abruptly ends. There is a long silence and then there are two songs that are poorly produced that are not given names. Both f these songs appear on the album "Capitol Raspberry". The tape ends in mid-lyric.
Downloads: 329 (1 review)
|Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake. - Ginsberg, Allen|
A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick Rose," "Ah Sunflower," "The Garden of Love," "London," "The Human Abstract," "To Tirzah" and "The Grey Monk."
Keywords: New American Poetry; beat movement; visionary poetry; performance poetry
Downloads: 19,271 (4 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg class, Poetics IV, November, 1983. - Ginsberg, Allen|
Allen Ginsberg lecture on poetry, reading and discussing the lyrics to some of Bob Dylan's songs, talking about how to arrange lines of poetry on a page, and how phrasing relates to ideas and breath. Ginsberg looks at his own poem, "Wichita vortex sutra," and touches on the work of William Carlos Williams, Gregory Corso, and Kurt Schwitters's Concrete poetry. Part of a course series by Ginsberg in fall 1983.
Downloads: 1,545 (3 reviews)
|Robert Creeley lecture - Part 2 - Creeley, Robert|
Second half of a lecture by Robert Creeley discussing family relations, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Ted Berrigan, Charles Olson and syntax, Cole's Island, and Ginsberg's "Laughing Gas." (First half of this lecture is currently not available.)
Downloads: 2,064 (1 review)
|Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs class, July, 1984. - Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen|
Allen Ginsberg class with William Burroughs. Ginsberg begins by reading from Burroughs's work, including his book Nova Express. Burroughs arrives and discusses writing techniques, including the idea that "Life is a cut up." He also talks about why he became a writer, Laurie Anderson, rolling drunks, biological warfare, weapons and retreats. The class learns some exercises for observing details while walking down the street.
Downloads: 6,847 (2 reviews)
|A performance by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, and Steven Taylor - Ginsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne|
A performance by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, and Steven Taylor. The recording includes: Ginsberg accompanied by Taylor performing "1948: A Western Ballad," Hawkins's "Middle-Aged Woman Stardust Rap," and Waldman accompanied by Taylor performing "Contra Chant." Also included is an untitled song performed by Taylor.
Keywords: New American Poetry; Beat Movement; political poetry; Buddhism; performance poetry; Naropa performance
Downloads: 6,766 (2 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg class on American vision - Part 2 - Ginsberg, Allen|
Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for first half of Ginsberg's class.
Keywords: New American Poetry; beat movement; Buddhism; spirituality and literature
Downloads: 3,932 (2 reviews)
|Jim Carroll reading at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. - Carroll, Jim|
A reading by Jim Carroll, includes musical perfomances with accompaniment by Steven Taylor, of the Fugs, at the Boulder Museum of Contempary Art (BMoCA). The performance includes Carroll's "Facts," "8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain," "Train Surfing" and "People Who Died."
Keywords: New American Poetry; political poetry; music and literature; performance poetry
Downloads: 4,944 (2 reviews)
|Andrei Codrescu lecture, Surrealism and the suggestions of the unconsciousness, July, 1988. - Codrescu, Andrei|
An Andrei Codrescu lecture on surrealism and the suggestions of the unconsciousness. Codrescu discuses what surrealism is, automatic writing, William S. Burroughs, and cut-ups. Codrescu also reads from his book, The Disappearance of the Outside. The lecture concludes with a question and answer period.
Downloads: 3,491 (1 review)
|Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture, The temporary autonomous zone or the pleasures of disappearance, July, 1990. - Wilson, Peter Lamborn|
First half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) lecture on the temporary autonomous zone, or the pleasures of disappearance. Wilson looks at the ways in which individuals and groups have created alternatives or found refuges from dominant repressive social realities. He gives examples of groups who created islands of autonomy in repressive cultures, such as pirates and colonists who joined the colonized...
Downloads: 1,808 (3 reviews)
|Bernadette Mayer class on experimental writing techniques, June, 1978. - Mayer, Bernadette|
First half of a Bernadette Mayer class on experimental techniques in writing and other arts. She reads some of the writing of Tristan Tzara, Antonin Artaud, Eric Satie, Gertrude Stein, and others, and discusses Dada, the unconscious, cut-ups, and sentence structure. (Continues on 78P082)
Downloads: 1,108 (1 review)
|Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure reading - Part 1 - Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael|
First part of a reading by Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure. Anne Waldman introduces the reading that includes Ginsberg performing "Howl," "A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley," and "Supermarket in California." McClure reads "For the Death of 100 Whales," "Jaguar Skies," and "Dark Brown." (Continued on 76p108.)
Keywords: New American Poetry; West Coast poetry; beat movement; music and literature
Downloads: 7,769 (2 reviews)